After 3:02 hours, Novak Djokovic shouted his joy, clenching his fist as he let himself be celebrated by the enthusiastic spectators: The Serb had just moved into the final of the Masters in Paris – and had Grand Slam record winner Roger Federer 7: 6 (8: 6), 5: 7 and 7: 6 (7: 3) defeated. It was the 22nd win in a row for the 31-year-olds. Only once before had one of the 47 duels of the two in the tiebreak of the last sentence been decided.
"That was probably the most spectacular match I played this year, with not one to use on twelve breakballs and yet win – I do not know if this has happened to me before," Djokovic said, "Whenever I go against Roger play, he always demands the best from me. "
As in the first sentence. At the score of 3: 4 Federer played a drowned on the edge of the net Longline punch Djokovic with a strong reflex unreachable for his opponent just behind the net. The breakball was thus warded off.
Djokovic, who returns to the top of the world ranking list after just two years on Monday, will now face his 33rd Masters title. With a final victory on Sunday against the Masters final debutant Karen Khachanov from Russia Djokovic would equal after victories with Masters record winner Rafael Nadal.